VIKING ' ALBERTA
BUTTERFLY KING "—The Greatest Sire of Dairy Siiorttiorns in Canada
VIKING • ALBERTA
flow to Get a Farm
DO YOU want to own a good farm at Viking, Alberta?
DO YOU wish to earn from $2,000 to $5,000 or more a year, besides
keeping your family in comfort?
Land at Viking is still very cheap. We can place you upon select land
dt frorn $20 to $30 an acre. With the facilities for marketing and other
conveniences at Viking you will find this land even at $50 an acre more
profitable to you than free land located many miles from the railroad. Where
one or two crops will actually pay for your farm, the first cost is not so im-
portant as the possibilities for increase in value and profits.
We do more than provide you with good land. In co-operation with
the Department of Agriculture of the Province of Alberta we are able to
furnish you valuable information and instructions as to farming methods
most suited to the conditions existing at Viking. These will be demonstrated
on a model farm we are establishing within a mile of the town.
If you find it incovenient to settle on your land at once, but desire to
have it improved, we are prepared to make all necessary improvements to
put your farm in working condition. These will be charged to you at exactly
what they cost to make. Every detail of the improvement will be gone
over carefully with you and the cost given before the work is started.
We have a large number of plans of very suitable houses and barns.
You may select from these the buildings you desire and we will erect them.
Lumber and other materials will be secured at wholesale prices and all work
will be done under careful supervision. Or you may look after the work
yourself. The cost of a house runs from $400 to $1,000; for a barn $250 up,
according to size and design.
As to other improvements, a good fence will cost complete about
25 cents a rod. A well will cost about $1,00 per foot to bore and the depth
varies from 25 to 100 feet. The cost of breaking new land in preparation
for a crop will vary from $3.50 to $4.50 per acre.
We have a number of Ready-Made Farms of 160 acres or 320 acres,
with from 40 to 100 acres ready to crop.
We are prepared in many ways to assist you in getting a p^ood start
on a farm at Viking.
TERMS OF PAYMENT
The usual terms of sale for the land itself are — one-tenth of the purchase
price down when the contract is signed and the balance in nine equal annual
payments with interest at 6 per cent.
LOW FARES TO VIKING
If you desire to come to Viking to inspect the land, select a farm,
or move here. We have made special arrangements with the Grand Trunk
Pacific Railway whereby you can secure a very low travelling rate. Notify
us when you wish to come and we will send you the credentials, and full
COLLIER BROTHERS. COLONIZATION AGENTS
IN MIXED FARMING
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The Ideal Farm House as designed by the Department of Agriculture.
One of the plans available for Collier Ready-Made Farms
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Conditions at Viking are ideal for Cattle
Viking District, Alberta
IXED FARMING is the surest road to wealth. By a combination
of grain-growing, stock-raising and dairying, the farmer is always
on the safe side and able to reap best profits. Whether grain or
meats be most in demand he is in a position to turn his products to greatest
For years to come following the great war all products of the farm
will be in great demand and prices high.
In no place in America are conditions more ideal- for Mixed Farming
than in the fertile district surrounding and tributary to the town of Viking,
Viking is situated eighty miles east of Edmonton on the main line
of Canada's newest and finest railroad, the greatest transcontinental, the
Grand Trunk Pacific. This places Viking in direct communication with
the largest cities of the West and the best markets. The train service is
of the highest class, the equipment being unsurpassed for luxury and comfort
in dining cars, pullmans, observation coaches, etc.
The Viking District is well settled by a thrifty and highly intelligent
class of farmers who have acquired much wealth from their farms during
the brief period since the building of the railroad in 1909. Many of these
farmers came with hardly a cent, but to-day are worth from $30,000
to $60,000. Yet the opportunities now for obtaining a good farm in this
district and growing wealthy from it, are greater than they ever were. Why?
Because all the pioneer work of settling a new district has been done; land
is still very cheap; and every facility a farmer could wish for is close at hand.
Good land by itself might keep a man poor, while if near a thriving
town it would make him wealthy in a few years. The facilities for buying
and selling are most important, and careful consideration of those at Viking
shows they will add many dollars to the actual value of the land in the
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
Alberta has one of the finest cHmates on the continent. The summers
from seedtime to harvest are ideal in every respect; the long days bright
with sunshine for hours, more every day than in other agricultural countries,
and the cool nights with the absence of summer frosts, guarantee the greatest
peace of mind and health of body to the farmer. Autumn is, if possible,
more glorious than the summer, and when winter sets in with its bracing
dry atmosphere and clear days there is everything to enjoy in the sports
and pastimes of the season. The snowfall rarely exceeds ten or twelve
inches during the entire winter, with seldom more than three or four inches
on the ground at any one time, so that winter storms are of short duration
when they do occur.
The contour of the land in the Viking District may be described as
undulating prairie. Stone is extremely rare, there being no "stony land."
Here and there are clumps or "bluffs" of bush which serve as
splendid windbreaks and shelter for stock. Fully 90% is arable land, free
from bush or stone and ready for the plough.
Splendid water is obtainable everywhere in springs, small lakes or wells.
SOIL AND SUBSOIL
The soil throughout the Viking district is a rich deep black silty loam
varying from one to three feet or more in thickness and contains a maximum
of humus. The subsoil to a very great depth is a heavy clay of a granular
nature ideal for moisture supply. This combination of soil and subsoil makes
it the most fertile land in the world. The soil is exceedingly rich in nitrogen,
potash, lime and phosphoric acid, the chemical properties most desirable
in every way.
RAINFALL AND MOISTURE
Experience of the farmers in this district as well as scientific observers
prove this particular soil formation conserves the abundant moisture due to
the deep winter freezing, for use throughout the growing season, thus sup-
plementing the rainfall. And from the Government Report the rainfall
during the growing season averages about eleven inches, and is well distributed.
Wheat, oats, barley, rye, and flax are grown to perfection in the
Viking district, the quality being of the highest. Without resorting to
intensive farming 110 bushels of oats to the acre, and 50 bushels of wheat
has often been secured. Most of the land is suitable for grain growing and
can be worked by machinery if so desired. Vegetables and roots grow
equally as well; also small fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and red
and white currants, gooseberries, etc.
The rich soil of the Viking District produces in its natural state
abundance of nutritious grasses. Fresh water abounds in wells, springs and
small lakes. Here and there are to be found clumps or "bluffs" of bushes
which provide excellent shelter. The snow iu winter is never more than a
few inches, and does not interfere with grazing. Stock-raising is thus very
profitable as horses and cattle need NEVER BE EARNED.
Throughout the whole Viking District good roads are being con-
structed and maintained.
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The Viking farmer finds a ready market for everything he produces.
He can sell his grain for cash at any one of three large elevators, and obtain
the highest prevailing prices. The stock yards are eager to purchase food
animals of every kind and poultry. The Cooperative Creamery, one of the
largest and most successful in Alberta, gives him cash for his cream. He
has besides the large market of the big city of Edmonton close at hand.
SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES
The educational facilities in the town and throughout the District
are of the best. There is a good public school within easy walk of every
farm. _ Part of the high school work is taught in the town as well. A school
in which special courses and lectures on farming are given is held at Viking
from time to time. Several Agricultural Schools and Demonstration Farms
are established at convenient places in Alberta at which both boys and girls
can obtain a thorough education in Agriculture and Household Science
FREE OF ANY TUITION. There are churches of all the principal
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
A system of government telephones covers the entire Viking District
and has proven of untold value to the farmer. Not only do they add to
his comfort, but they keep him in touch with market prices and otherwise
facilitate the business of farming. A farmer can get service for $15.00 per
RURAL MAIL DELIVERY
The Government has established rural mail routes whereby the farmers
can have their mail delivered within a short distance of their doors.
Various lodges, Masonic, Orange, Oddfellows, etc., afford those
fraternal associations to members which means so much to the man himself.
Musical and other forms of entertainment are frequent and amply demon-
strate the culture and talents of the people.
SPORTS AND PASTIMES
The sporting features are of the most varied character. Baseball,
football, tennis, and basketball are all fully organized and keen contests
are of daily occurrence. Lake Thomas makes an ideal summer resort with
bathing and camping facilities, motor boats, sailing boats and small boats.
The glorious winter of moderate cold with but little snowfall, makes hockey
a popular sport and skating a delightful recreation. A curling rink affords
the pleasures of that "bonnie game" to its many devotees. Within forty
miles of Viking is located the great national Government Buffalo Park.
Over fifteen hundred of these wonderful animals here afford to visitors un-
There is at Viking one of the largest natural gas wells on the continent,
giving a flow of 9,000,000 cubic feet a day. This places untold possibilities
before the town and district for manufacturing and industries, with the
natural result of much higher prices for land in a few years. The use of the
gas in the homes of both citizens and farmers insures for the future comfort
and conveniences of wide extent.
Viking has at present three big general stores, two hardware stores,
tinsmith, two blacksmiths, harness and trunk, furniture, undertaker, drug
store, doctor, dentist, bakery, confectioner, two restaurants, a three-storey
$40,000 hotel, two livery and feed stables, fire-hall, lawyer, bank, five imple-
ment dealers, two lumber yards, auto garage, flour and feed mill, book store,
weekly paper (Viking News), laundry, four churches, co-operative creamery,
three elevators (capacity 115,000 bushels), meat store, abbatoir packing
plant, stockyards, barber, veterinary surgeon, and the North West Mounted
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Ploughing by Tractor at Viking, Alberta. 14 Share Plough
Successful Viking Farmers
TO SHOW how successful Mixed Farming has proven in the Vik ing
district, we give here a short history of a score or more farm ers,
who within from four to ten years have grown wealthy from t heir
farms, and to-day are in possession of incomes of from $2,000 to $5,00 a
PROFITS, $4,000 A YEAR
William Taylor arrived at Viking in the spring of 1911
William Taylor from Cumberland, North-of-England. "My father," said
he, "had leased a small farm for some thirty years in
England, but I wanted to own one for myself, so with my large family I
cam2 to Viklnj four years ago. Over there we had'to pay a rental of from
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$5.00 to even $30.00 an acre each year. There was little profit left you
may bfe sure. I brought about $5,000 in all with me, but in the four years
I have increased that to well over $20,000." This shows that Mr. Taylor
has made net profits of over $4,000 a year for the time he has been here,
besides the living of his large family.
He advocates the use of oxen for breaking new land. "With four
oxen and a 16-inch sulky plough you can break two and one-half acres a
day," says he. "I did it on an average. The oxen are better than horses
or machine as their slower motion gives the man time to properly adjust
the plough if it meets with an obstruction. Then their cost is so much less,
and after you use them for three or four years, you can sell them for beef
for almost as much as you paid in the first place. They are ideal for the
man just beginning, who has but little capital. Oxen will live and work hard
just on grass food, whereas the horse requires grain constantly when at
heavy work. For other farm work though the horse is invaluable and the
ox cannot replace him. No, I never stabled my horses during the winter,
none except the four doing the farm work. All the others are left out all
winter to rustle for themselves, until about three weeks before I need them for
the extra work of spring. Then I bring in those we want and give them
extra feed. Thus, the cost of raising and keeping of horses here is very
small. I claim that if a man can make a living on a farm anywhere he can
make a much better living here at Viking."
GREAT SUCCESS IN LIVE STOCK
Nels Hagenson same to Viking twelve years ago from
Nels Hagenson South Dakota with a few head of cattle only. He built
himself a shack of sods, supported by poles meeting at
the top in the form of a tent. Though it was late in June, he broke ten
acres the first year, disced it well, and seeded to oats, which yielded a big
crop of green feed for his cattle. From this humble beginning he has risen
to the ownership of 960 acres, with 230 broken, and stocked with 120 cattle
(Durham sired), 50 head of horses, besides hogs, poultry, etc.
In grain growing he states that he has had excellent success obtaining
on an average with oats, about 65 bushels to the acre; barley, 45 to 50, and
with fall rye he took 740 bushels from 20 acres. His wealth to-day con-
servatively estimated, shows that for over ten years he has made a net profit
from farm operations of over $5,000 a year. Such a salary in addition to
the living off the farm is surely a princely one.
AT VIKING FARMERS GROW FROM POVERTY TO WEALTH
W. J. Collisson came here in the fall of 1902 from near
W. J. Collisson London, Ontario. He own sat present over 1000 acres of
land and has attained a position of great wealth. He
says of his fellow-farmers: "I have seen practically every man here grow
from poverty to wealth. Of course the man with a little capital and exper-
ience has made greater progress than the fellow without either. I know two
men who came to Viking with but little capital twelve years ago, and are
now worth well over $50,000 each."
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A Jersey Herd, and Big Profits
HIS COWS WORK FOR THE CREAMERY
Andrew Rolland left his native land, Sweden, for the
Andrew Rolland United States, going direct to Minnesota, twenty-five
years ago. Three years there led him to Wisconsin and
then to the far-famed North Dakota, where he secured a homestead and
labored for seven years. He learned of Viking and its possibilities, and in
the fall of 1904 came here. His labors up till then had resulted in $500,
7 head of horses and 5 cattle. To-day he owns 320 acres of land, 60 head
of select cattle, and 20 head of the finest thoroughbred horses in the country,
all Percherons. Besides he has a bank account that would enable him to
take several trips around the world if he cared to.
"The men I left in Dakota, who were fairly well off then, have not
advanced anj;. Had they come here when I did, they would be very wealthy
now. This is the best place I have tried or have yet found for Mixed Farming.
The climate is good and success is sure to the man who will work, and use
his head and his hands at the same time."
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
With a three-quarter Percheron mare and a full-blooded stallion he
has built up his present stock of horses, selling them often for $300 each.
His cows work for the creamery, of which he is vice-president. "The
creamery is the corner store of success of the farmers in this locality," he
declared. "Before it was started farmers could not sell their butter for
cash and received a credit of only 15 cents a pound in trade at the stores.
The creamery has not only obtained the high prices of 37 to 40 cents for its
butter, but it has helped the home-made product to get up to 30 cents in
trade at the stores."
Mr. Rolland bought a quarter section some three years ago to add
to his original homestead. In two crops of wheat and oats on this farm
he made a profit that not only paid every expense of seed and labor, but
returned him the whole cost of the land. In 1914 he made a net profit of
over $3,000 from his farm.
Poultry Pays Well at Viking
WEALTH FROM CHICKENS AND COWS
G. Bjorkman homesteaded at Viking eight years ago. He
G. Bjorkman had twelve chickens to start with. Having a brave heart
he brought a good wife to his shack shortly afterwards.
There was no cash; all their capital consisted in willing hands. He secured
two cows about the time the Co-operative Creamery started at Viking and
sent the cream there. This meant cash, and with the cash more cows, until
he had ten or twelve milking. For six year he never broke an acre of land
going in exclusively for dairying and hens. Barred Rocks and White Leg-
horns were the two breeds he selected, and in due time had from 200 to 400
fine fowl. Thus, with the hens and the cows, and without an acre in grain,
he developed a cash business which meant to him for February alone, $84.00
for eggs, and $40.00 in cream cheques. Besides his cows and his hens he now
has eight horses, and is fast moving along Easy Street.
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HORSES COST NOTHING TO RAISE"
Walter J. Jones was a railroad engineer on the Illinois
Walter J. Jones Central. He spent thirteen years in the cab of the loco-
motive, earning the best salary possible for the highest
grade of engineers. But he was too ambitious to be content with simply a
living. His father, after thirty years of railroad work, had dropped the
engine lever for the plough, and Walter decided to do likewise. On leaving
his engine Walter struck for Western Canada, the Land of Promise. As
he says himself: "To see was sufficient. There was nothing to equal it
back in the States. I had but a little nijoney, enough to leave my wife, at
home, only $45.00, while I came here nine years ago, with a Jersey cow, and
bought four steers for $125.00 and two set of ox harness for $14.00. I then
bought four heifer calves, and they with my Jersey were the foundation of
my present herd of 130 cattle. It was a harjd struggle then because there
were no railroads or other facilities here. Why, a man buying land at Viking
now at $25.00 an acre gets his property far cheaper and will make money faster
than we who obtained our farms by homesteading. On a visit to my old
home a few years ago I told my former comrades of the road, 'If you will
come to Viking, with but enough to buy you a yoke of oxen and four cows,
and work half as hard for yourselves as you have to do now for the company,
you will have more Christmas Time than you get with your $160 per month.'
" I believe in keeping good stock. I have had a registered Durham
bull for four years and now have an Aberdeen Angus, one year old, paying
$125 for him. I sold five cows for $70 each, recently. We do not feed
cattle two months in the whole year, while down in Illinois, with land worth
$200 an acre, they have to feed for ten months.
"And look at the money in horses. They cost nothing to raise here.
I have a 3-year-oId mare, fat as butter, which has never cost me a cent outside
the service fee. She has never been stabled. All my horses pasture the
year round. The snowfall here is very light, not more than 15 inches for the
whole winter, and there is seldom more than 4 or 5 inches on the ground at
any time. The horses paw away the little snow there is and find plenty of
grass for themselves, while the cattle go along with them and often enjoy
the fruits of their labor.
"Now is the time to go in for hogs, when everybody is selling on
account of the high price of grain. There will be big money in hogs in a
year or two. I have the Duroc Jersey red breed.
"Grain? I never sold a bushel of grain. I feed it instead.
"The Co-operative Creamery here is a big asset to the farmer, for
with a few dairy cows he receives cash right along. There may be labor
in milking, but it certainly pays. Even the calves fed on the separator
milk, with the addition of a little oil-meal do not shrink in weight like those.-
following the mother when taken away from her."
To-day Walter Jones after nine years of pleasant work — much plea-
santer than railroad engineering — could retire and live in the lap of luxury
if he so chooses.
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
At Viking Dairying makes Wealth
The Creamery takes the Cream : the Calves fatten on the Skim Milk
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" CONDITIONS AT VIKING ARE IDEAL FOR CATTLE "
J. J. Skalitzky, manager of the Viking Co-operative
J. J. Skalitzky Creamery explains the reasons for his phenomenal
success. Every year since he came from Ontario in
1905 he has won a Government silver nedal, and for two years in succession,
won the gold medal and silver trophy.
"The conditions at Viking are ideal for cattle, and the dairy industry,"
said he. "This prairie grass cannot be beat for putting the cows in prime
condition. They fatten like deer on it. And the water is good. You
will find the temperature of the average well here from 38 to 40 degrees the
year round. This enables the farmer to construct a simple refrigerator
for his cream that cannot be excelled for simplicity and cheapness. A barrel
or tank is placed beside the well and all the water for the stock is caused to
pass through this first. In this tank the can of cream is placed promptly
after separation, and will thus remain sweet and pure five times as long
"Is it profitable to patronize the Creamery? Why a common 'range
cow' around the straw-stack will bring a cash return for cream of over $30
in a season. Feed the same cow and she will do three times that. Mr.
Helfrich, with but 12 cows received $700 cash last year for the cream alone.
A little hay and bran made the difference. Then remember that all the
skim-milk remains at home for the calves and pigs."
"All the dining cars of the Grand Trunk Pacific are supplied with
Viking Creamery butter, exclusively. Hon. Duncan Marshall's own table
always demanded this superquality. Viking evidently makes the best."
FARMING WITHOUT PLOUGHING
S. C. Helfrich owns Holland as his birthplace. He
S. C. Helfrich purchased -a section in the Viking district a few years
ago. He has never broken an acre of the 640, but he
knows how to love a cow until the animal responds with the milk. Three
years ago he secured ten milch cows, and immediately patronized the Co-
operative Creamery. With the cash received he bought more cows and now
has some 65, with many of them "on salary" at the creamery, bringing in the
cash every two weeks. He has put over $8,000 in the form of improvements
and in stock on his section, and all made by milking the cows and selling the
males. Such success without tilling a single acre, proves the possibilities
of farming without ploughing.
50 BUSHELS OF WHEAT TO THE ACRE
O. B. Benson came to Viking from Minnesota ten years ago.
O. B. Benson He had helped his father there besides working out. His
start at Viking consisted in some old machinery, 2 cows
and 3 horses. He owns now 160 acres, 13 horses, 25 cattle, 100 chickens,
hogs, etc. He said, "This country is good enough for me. There is more
money n Mixed Farming by far than in grain growing, though I have sown
75 acres to wheat and oats this spring.Last year I harvested 50 bushels of
wheat to the acre on one field of ten acres, while in oats I have had as high
an average as 70 bushels."
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
MIXED FARMING IS THE SAFEST AND SUREST WAY TO
John E. Kringen is one of the most influential and highly
John E. Kringen respected men of the Viking district. He is President of
the Viking Co-operative Creamery. For eleven years he
farmed in South Dakota, but hearing of the wonderful soil and climate of
Central Alberta came to inspect it in 1902. He came again in February,
1903, bringing a neighbor with him in order to see what the winter was like.
He was so delighted that his report to a number of Dakota farmers meant
that over twenty of them with fifteen carloads of effects, headed for Viking
that summer. Mr. Kringen has made a big success and now owns 640 acres,
which he would not sell for $40 per acre. He has 200 acres in cultivation,
with 30 horses and 40 head of cattle. He says: "I have been all over
Western Canada and the States, and I know no place where I could wish to
go in preference to Viking. There is not a man I know, with a contented
disposition, who has not made a big success here.
"Mixed farming is the safest and surest way to success. You cannot
lose all round in this as is possible with the farmer growing grain alone. The
stock are always ready to eat the grain if touched by frost and turn it into
Mr. Kringen, with two of his neighbors, own a complete threshing
outfit. He imported direct from France a magnificent specimen of thor-
oughbred Percheron stallion for his own stock and the benefit of the district.
Regarding some 6,000 acres of land owned by the Collier Bros., Mr.
Kringen remarked to a friend, "They have somehow got hold of the choicest
and best land in the whole district. I know every foot of it, and have long
desired to own that section 9 in township 48. There is nothing to compare
with It for miles around."
OATS, 95 BUSHELS TO THE ACRE
For twenty-three years Fred T,hpresen farmed in the
Fred Thoresen United States, the latter twelve of which in the state of
Minnesota. He will tell you: "I came to Viking eight
years ago with $200, three cows and a large family. You can succeed better
here than anywhere I know of. I have had splendid success with oats,
getting as high as 95 bushels to the acre, and in fact the lowest I ever had
was 65 bushels.
"The exceptional facilities offered to us farmers by the Viking Co-
operative Creamery has led me to make a specialty of dairying. There
is more money in it than any other line. The Creamery secures far better
prices than we can individually. Right now it is selling butter wholesale
at 39 cents per pound, while the best /dairy butter from the farm will not
bring 30 cents in cash. We get our cheque every two weeks the year through,
and this means that each cow is on salary, bringing fine wages home."
Back in 1912 Mr. Thoresen made this signed statement for the Viking
Board of Trade: "For the cream from five cows during February, 1912,
I received from the Viking Creamery $70 in cash, and for March $73.25, in
addition to which a large family was supplied with cream and butter. I
also sold hogs to the value of $273, which were fed until fattening time entirely
on skim milk, also raised five good calves." He says of this statement, "I
have since received twenty-eight enquiries from people at a distance
asking for verification of this seemingly big result. But I can prove it by
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He further says: " I now own 160 acres with 35 cattle, 7 horses, besides
hogs and chickens, all paid for and a cash balance on the right side. The
land at Viking is cheap at the prices now asked."
A fine flock of Ducks
SOLD $9,000 OF GRAIN IN TWO YEARS
John G. Lefsrud, desiring the advantages of good schools
John G. Lefsrud and other facilities, moved from the Peace River district
to Viking, six years ago. He has been very successful
and now owns a farm of 640 acres. "In the last two years," says he, "I
have sold over $9,000 of grain alone from my farm. I have never had a
crop failure, and I have been here through all the dry years. I have never
had hail. I have just shipped two carloads of wheat and received $2,900
cash for it. I have half the section broken, and will this year seed about
100 acres of this to wheat and 100 to oats. My wheat yields about 35 bushels
to the acre and oats from 60 to 70. I could raise 100 bushels of oats to the
acre on this kind of soil if I took a little more care."
Mr. Lefsrud owns at present 75 cattle, 17 horses, 20 hogs and a large
number of chickens. He usually sells from $500 to $600 of cattle yearly
from his herd.
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
ABBATOIR AND STOCK YARDS
A. Streit came from Krupp, State of Washington, in
A. Streit and 1910, and after careful investigation of the West, chose
Max Stenger Viking for his Home. He is a farmer, live-stock man
and a butcher combined. On his farm of 160 acres,
which Ues adjacent to the G.T.P. tracks just south of the town, he places
food animals of all kinds and brings them to a state of perfection before
killing. His stock yards buys cattle, hogs and poultry every day and pays
in cash the highest prevailing prices. Such an unexcelled constant market,
proves very advantageous to the farmers of the district and they fully
appreciate it. Associated with Mr. Streit is Mr. Max Stenger, who has
ably contributed to the great success of their business, and as President
of the Board of Trade, is one of Viking's most influential and respected
Their abbatoir supplies fresh meats to the most exclusive trade,
including the dining cars of the Grand Trunk Pacific. This department is
unique and explains why Viking is supplied with the finest fresh meats pos-
sible. They kill only the most select from the large number of animals they
buy, shipping out the others. Never is a beef slaughtered just on entering
the yards, as in the usual abbatoir after miles of marching. Instead it is
placed on the farm and fed carefully for days or perhaps weeks and then
turned into the meat which has made Viking famous in all the towns from
Winnipeg to Edmonton.
Mr. Streit has made a big success here with his combined farm, live-
stock yards, and abbatoir, and does a business of over $100,000 a year. He
recommends Mixed Farming, because he knows the value to the farmers
of the thousands of dollars paid them for their stock.
IT PAYS TO MANUFACTURE GRAIN INTO MEAT
There are four brothers at Viking, who own and work
Steve, Ernest, separate farms. They have attained a national reputation
Thomas and through their exhibitions of live stock and grain at all
Sam Swift the large fairs throughout the United States and Canada.
They are Steve, Ernest, Thomas and Sam Swift. "We
specialize in the breeding of thoroughbred Berkshire and Yorkshire hogs,
and Shorthorn cattle," said Mr. Steve C. Swift. "We usually show about
40 hogs and 12 head of cattle at the various fairs meeting the strongest possible
competition. For many years we have won the highest obtainable prizes.
In 1914 our cash prizes alone amounted to over $1,200. At the 1915 Spring
Show at Edmonton, I won the Berkshire championship and fifteen prizes,
five of these being "firsts," while Sam took the Shorthorn Bull championship.
We find a ready market for all the calves weicare to sell at an average price
of $150. Yet these thoroughbred cattle are never 'barned.' We turn all
but the bull out to rustle for themselves all winter and the horses do the
same. We advocate turning the grain into live stock before it is sold. You
can always get upwards of a dollar a bushel by that means and it pays to let
the animals manufacture it into meat."
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Ernest E. Swift for three years in succession, 1911-12-13, won the
Garton 125-dollar Silver Trophy for the best five bushels of oats in Alberta,
while Tom Swift took second in the same competition in 1914. Tom also
took second prize for Alberta in 1914 for two-rowed Brewer Barley. In
1913 Ernest Swift won $100 in gold in "Best Yield Per Acre" competition
for oats, open to the world. At this same exhibition Hill & Sons, of Lloyd-
minster, competed with the same oats on which they won the $1,500-Silver
Trophy at Colorado, and the Viking oats beat them.
The above shows how the Viking district excels in Mixed Farming.
Hogs are Money-makers at Viking
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
7,000 BUSHELS OF OATS FROM 70 ACRES
Eleven years ago Thomas T. Berg came to Viking from
Thomas T. Berg South Dakota. "I did not have five cents in cash. I
got dead broke twenty miles up the line and borrowed
$15 from a friend to come on with. I had some old machinery, four horses,
and six cattle to start with. I had a big family and the prospects were not
very good, but the cows helped me through. To-day I own 320 acres, and
I rent a full section besides. I have some 70 head of cattle and 11 horses.
Last year I had 150 hogs, but at present I have only 20. Hens do well here,
and I have never had the slightest trouble with disease of any kind among
them. I have now 300, mostly white leghorns."
"In grain raising, I may say that I harvested nearly 7,000 bushels of
oats from 70 acres in 1913, averaging practically 100 bushels to the acre.
In wheat I usually get about 45 bushels to the acre.
" I have been over most of the western part of Canada and the States,
but there is no place to equal Viking for Mixed Farming. There is so much
hay and pasturage here that it costs actually nothing to raise cattle. The
occasional deposit of salt and sodium sulphate in rare spots proves a great
boon for the animals as they delight to lick it and it keeps them in fine
condition. The Co-operative Creamery I have found a big help to me. It
supplies me with cash regularly every two weeks. I have the skim milk
at home for the calves and the pigs.
When Mr. Berg was asked as to the value of his land, he said, "I
would not take $50 per acre for my farm and at the same time you would
have to add $4,000 for the cost of my buildings. I know what the land
will produce and it is worth far more than that to me. I have been all about
Killam, Alberta, where you cannot buy an acre of raw land for less than
from $25 to $40, but they have not got there any land that will compare with
FARMING BY MACHINERY
H. S. Jensen says: "I came to Viking eleven years ago,
H. S. Jensen without a cent. I now own one and a half sections of
land. I have both a gasoline and steam ploughing outfit,
which I use on my own work and also to help my neighbors. Some people
would say I have done very well considering the time. What am I worth?
Oh, if someone would give me $30,000 I might walk off."
LAND AT $30 PER ACRE PAID FOR FROM ONE CROP
Mr. A. V. White came from England four years ago. He
A. V. White purchased 160 acres at $27.50 and the adjoining 160 acres
at $30.00 per acre. Mr. White was comparatively well-
to-do and was able to pay cash for practically everything right from the
start. His first experience with oats in this country is interesting, as he
secured a crop of 80 bushels to the acre the very first season. Last year he
made an average of 30 bushels of wheat.
"I like it so well," he remarked cheerfully, "that you could not get
me to go back for anything. From just one crop last year on a portion
of the land, I made sufficient returns to pay the full purchase price of $30.00
per acre. The year before that I made $25.00 per acre."
This shows that 30-dollar land at Viking if properly handled will
actually return one hundred per cent, per year, even to the new man in the
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VIKING BEST PLACE FOR THE NEW FARMER
"I was born in Minnesota, went to Washington for six
A. McGuire years, and came to Viking ten years ago. Viking has
the Western States all beat for the new man. The oppor-
tunities are here. Back there you just follow in the ruts of the old man.
I say MIXED FARMING by all means, for then you have more than one
tail to your kite — if one drops off you have another."
Mr. McGuire has made a big success, but claims that "The land
here is just as good as it was and the opportunities are much better now,
then why cannot a new man to-day do even better if he will but work and
think a little. He may have to pay a little more for his land, than I did,
but look what he saves in labor such as I had, hauling say all the lumber
for those buildings eighty miles. He is far better off to-day in every way."
He rather sarcastically remarked, "Oh yes, I was rich when I came.
I had 6 horses, a brood sow, 2 heifers, a wagon, a democrat and $900. That
was my start here. To-day I own 480 acres, all paid for, and another 160
acres nearly paid for; 75 cattle, 15 horses, 30 hogs and 100 good laying hens."
Mr. McGuire has a fine garden, row after row of gooseberries, currants,
and other fruits, with white, and pink lilac bushes in abundance. "The
small fruits bear exceedingly well here, and add much to the joy of living,"
he remarked. All around the enclosure for the buildings and garden, he
planted some years ago several rows of trees— Box Elder or Manitoba Maple.
To-day they are beautiful trees and serve as well for a wind-break.
" I raise grain to sell, and last year after nine successive crops from
that field of 91 acres, harvested 5,000 bushels of oats. I had 1,800 bushels
of wheat last year, Preston variety, but I am going in for Marquis this year,"
concluded Mr. McGuire.
Cattle " Manufacture " grass into dollars
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
** ONE CROP FROM 110 ACRES PAID FOR THE ENTIRE FARM "
John Klontz came from Minnesota in the spring of 1911.
John Klontz He was a well-to-do farmer there and brought with him
some nine horses, a full set of farm implements, household
furniture, etc. He bought one-quarter section for $2,000 an,d the adjoining
one for $1,500.
"The second crop from but 110 acres actually brought me enough
to more than pay for the entire farm" said Mr. Klontz, "while the live stock
more than paid for all expenses." He knows how to farm. "You cannot
work the land too much," he sa:id as he sat upon his sulky behind a six-horse
outfit drawing a set of drags covering 30 feet at a sweep. " I have harrowed
this 212 acres five times." The field was like a lawn and each year shows
results in big crops.
"My oats usually average from 70 to 75 bushels. I figure that each
acre should give a cash return of from $15 to $18 per year. Some will go
even $25. And of course it would be foolish to sell for even $50 per acre.
Wallace and MacGregor are young men from England, coming
Wallace & with plenty of money to permit operations on a large scale.
MacGregor Without the slightest experience in farming, they purchased
a whole section of land, 35-48-13 west 4th, and went in for
live stock. By the importation of thoroughbred Clyde stallions, they have
developed a good class of prize-winning Clydes. "We have about 110 cattle
and 30 horses just now," said Mr. Wallace, "and we find the cattle very
profitable, as we can sell the calves at an average of $150. There are 140
acres broken, with all but 30 of this to wheat. The 30 acres are green feed
and oats." The buildifigs are very superior, the house being equipped and
furnished perfectly. The profits enable them to live luxuriously and grow
wealthy at the same time.
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Letter from the Honorable Duncan Marshall, Minister
of Agriculture, showing the co-operation of the Government ol
Alberta, with Collier Brothers, especially in the matter of
agricultural education to farmers locating in the Viking District.
Minister of Agriculture, Alberta
Edmonton, March 22, 1915.
Messrs. H. B. and W. H. Collier,
Dear Sirs, — I am very pleased to know that you purpose
developing your land in the vicinity of the town of Viking, and
I may say that my department will be very pleased to give
either you or any farmers that you locate there, any assistance
that we reasonably can.
We use the instructors in our Schools of Agriculture during
the summer months to visit different localities where farmers
wish to have instructions along any line in agriculture given,
and we shall be pleased to have one of our men visit your district
at the request of yourselves or farmers locating either on your
land or other lands there, at any time.
I am, yours very truly,
(Signed) DUNCAN MARSHALL,
Minister of Agriculture.
WEALTH IN MIXED FARMING
Come to Viking
We will help you in every way
1. We will assist you in selecting most desirable land.
2. We will help you plan and build a cosy economical home and other
buildings, fences, well, etc.
3. You can live with your family in the Government Colonization Apartment
House at Viking, free of charge, until your own house is built.
4. We will advise and co-operate with you in the preparation of your land
for crop in accordance with the latest scientific methods proven most
successful in this district.
5. The Canadian Government and the Alberta Department of Agriculture
are spending millions of dollars to assist the farmers. We will help
you take fullest advantage of this.
Please answer all questions. Tear off form and send promptly to
Collier Brothers, Viking, Alberta.
1. What size farm desired? ..-f.::;.
2. Can you pay cash for land?
3. How much can you pay down?
4. Do you wish time to pay?
5. What is your age? :
6. How many in your family?
7. When will you come to see the land?
Remarks : —
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Viking is on the MAIN LINE of tiio G.T.P. Transcontinental Railway,
convenient to big markets of Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, etc. It is
2000 feet above sea level, with a delightful climate ALWAYS. The great
fertility of the soil produces remarkable prosperity.
School of Agriculture at Vermilion, near Viking, (Free tuition.)
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with the co-operation of the Department of Agriculture and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
This desirable combination barn is one of the designs
available to purchaser of a Collier Ready-Made Farm.
This house plan is one of several layouts of the interior
of the Government Model House (show n on page one)
and suggested for Collier Ready-Made Farms.
GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY
W. E. DUPEROW
Asst. General Passenger Agent
Messrs Collier Brothers May 6th. 1915
After giving considerable thought and attention to the
Mixed Farming proposition you have presented to us and whioh you
contemplate carrying out on farms in the Viking District of Alberta,
our Company are prepared to cooperate with you and your settlers to
the fullest possible extent practicable, with a view of encouraging
settlement of the District.
The fact that you are prepared to have a number of acres
on each farm broken, do the necessary fencing, construct ion of house,
barn, etc. 3 if so desired by the purchasers, at reasonable terms of
payment , interest and time, appeals to us as a particularly desiraTale
proposition which undoubtedly will be taken advantage of by farmers
who are anxious to locate in a desirable locality with all the
necessary commercial , transportation and shipping facilities available.
The town of Viking is already noted on account of having
one of the largest creameries in Western Canada located there, and
being so centrally situated to the larger markets such as Oalgary,
Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg it should "be a particularly
desirable place for farmers to locate.
Special Landseekers* rates are in effect from the United
States territory, which we of course will apply to Viking.
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